Welcome message from the Chief Adviser of Studies, Chris Gill

Welcome to the University of Glasgow, School of Law. Congratulations on obtaining your place to study law and I hope that you are looking forward to the experience.

The beginning of your first session is sure to be a very busy time in many ways and no doubt you will be given lots of advice and information. The aim of the information here is to assist you in the initial steps of becoming a registered student and enrolling for courses. It is also to introduce you to the system of Advising within the School of Law.

A key part of being a University student is taking responsibility for your own learning and for the choices you make about it. This presents challenges and can be quite a daunting prospect. For that reason, each student is allocated an Adviser of Studies: an academic member of staff within the School of Law who is available to give guidance about the curriculum, discuss course choices and, where necessary, offer support. You will soon receive details from us about your allocated Adviser of Studies and you can always check for your Adviser’s name on your MyCampus record. You will be invited to make an appointment to meet with him or her: all students must meet with their Adviser prior to the beginning of the session but you should also remember that your Adviser should be your first point of contact at any time during the degree.

Being well informed and making decisions is your responsibility but Advisers are there to advise and to support – make use of them!

I hope that your time here will be both enjoyable and productive, and wish you success with your studies.

Chris Gill

Planning your First-Year Curriculum

‌‌‌‌‌The Structure of the Accelerated Common Law LLB

The accelerated Common Law LLB allows graduates in other disciplines to obtain a degree which will provide them with a pathway to the legal profession in Common Law jurisdictions in two years. The LLB is made up of a number of courses, with each course having a credit value attached to it. Each year you will be expected to study 120 credits of courses. You need to have completed 240 credits to graduate with the Accelerated Common Law LLB. In order to meet the requirement for an Ordinary degree to contain 360 credits you will be awarded 120 credits of general credit on entry derived from your previous degree.

Please see the Common Law Year 1 Timetable 2023-24 for further information.

If you have taken any courses which you think might exempt you from some of the courses you will have to take during the degree please contact the Chief Adviser as soon as possible.

Course choices

Year 1 Year 2

Common Law System and Method (10 credits)

Law and Government  (20 credits)

Constitutional Law 1 (30 credits)

Jurisprudence (20 credits)

Law of Contract (20 credits)

Land Law (20 credits)

Criminal Law of England and Wales (20 credits)

European Union Law (10 credits)

Law of Tort (20 credits)

Equity and Trusts (20 credits)

Foundations of Evidence Law 

(20 credits)

Options (30 credits)

Academic Writing Skills Programme


Optional modules are only available in Year 2, and students must choose law modules from within the School of Law.

Options include:

  • Roman Law of Property and Obligations (20 credits, Year 1)
  • Public International Law (20 credits, Year 1)
  • Commercial Law (Common Law) (15 credits, Year 2)
  • Business Organisations (15 credits, Year 2)
  • Environmental Law (20 credits, Year 2)

In addition, Advanced International Law (20 credits, Year 2) and Labour Law (20 credits, Year 2) are available in Semester One as options, however, taking additional credit in semester one is not recommended.


Once registered, you can begin to enrol on courses using MyCampus. Throughout the year you will access MyCampus to see your class and exam timetables, record any absences you may have, amend your enrolments during the add/drop period or check your assignments and grades.

You can access MyCampus via the MyGlasgow portal. Links to MyGlasgow are on the current students’ web page, or as a link at the bottom of most university web pages. If you need assistance, you can log a support request via the Help and Support form.


MyGlasgow is the university’s student portal. It provides direct access to university web services including MyCampus, Webmail, Moodle4, Library Account, IT Helpdesk and Sport Online. It also provides student news, help, support and guidance, and links to other web pages.

Login to MyGlasgow using your Glasgow Unique Identifier (GUID) and password which has been sent to you separately in your “Access to your Student Account” email.  

Campus card

Campus card collection for new students joining the university at the beginning of Semester 1

When you register at the university on MyCampus you will be asked to upload an image of yourself. The photograph you upload will be used to produce your campus card which will be used throughout your time at the university as the primary means of formal identification, for example, at exams.

Details of the arrangements for Campus Card collection will be made available shortly.  Please visit the Registry's website for further information: http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/registry/registration/

Please note that your card can only be issued if you have completed MyCampus registration.

Course reading

Preliminary Reading for Entry in September 2023

In order to prepare for studying for the Common Law LLB degree, you may wish to consider the preliminary reading detailed below.

Preliminary Reading
  • James Holland and Julian Webb, Learning Legal Rules, (10th edition, Oxford University Press, 2019; available online via Oxford Law Trove)
  • Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones, The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law (Oxford University Press, 2018; available online via Oxford Law Trove)
  • Nicholas McBride Letters to a Law Student: A Guide to Studying Law at University (4th edition, Pearson, 2017)
  • Allan Hutchinson Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How they Shaped the World (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
  • The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How it’s Broken (Picador 2019)
  • Tom Bingham The Rule of Law (Penguin, 2011).
  • ATH Smith, Glanville Williams: Learning the Law (17th ed, Sweet and Maxwell, 2020). Publication date 28th September 2020.
Useful Internet Resources
On-course reading for Common Law LLB Courses

Aside from the preliminary reading, above, we advise students not to purchase law books until the semester has begun and teaching staff have given advice on which texts will be prescribed and recommended. Textbooks are updated and revised on a regular basis and it is important to ensure that you have an up-to-date edition of any text.